|(A California Velero Refinery-2010)|
Proposition 23 was written and is funded by out-of-State oil companies who own California oil fields and refineries that don't want the regulations attendant to AB 32. If passed into law, Prop. 23 would suspend AB 32 until California's unemployment rate drops below 5%. This proposition claims to create jobs, but it doesn't. California assemblyman Dan Logue carried this proposition to the State.
Yesterday, California's gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman issued their stands on Proposition 23. Yesterday, both presented their positions. Brown's was expected as he is accessible to the media. Whitman's was not in that she rarely takes questions from any source. Especially, the mainstream media.
Jerry Brown succinctly said he is against Proposition 23, will vote NO on it and encourage the implementation of AB 32.
Meg Whitman says she is also against Proposition 23, did not say how she'll vote on it and wants to suspend the provisions of AB 32 for one year until it's determined what impact AB 32 will have on jobs.
Are Meg's words weasel words? We think so.
The studies are in. AB 32 creates jobs and has already done so.
California's Small Business Association, the largest organization of it's kind in the country, has come out opposed to Proposition 23, saying AB 32 creates jobs, especially for small business while noting most campaign funds for the passage of Prop. 23 come from outside the State (i.e. Oil giants Valero, Tosoro and THE BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS).
Again, we urge a "NO" vote on Proposition 23!